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Originally posted by weedwhacker
reply to post by Gateway
Very interesting, and a thought-provoking concept, from someone who has a different perspective.
Frankly, I don't have a full understanding of many of these cultural concepts....but as I've pointed out, on another thread....Nationality and arbitrary 'borders' are gong to be the end of humanity, until we learn to throw those old notions aside.
AND, I accuse....(j'accuse) religion, for mixing it all up!!!
The Lobby indeed has tremendous influence on U.S. Middle East policy. For example, during the two-year 1988 election cycle, pro-Israel PACs spent over $5.4 million on Congressional campaigns and Israel received well over $6 billion in direct taxpayer grants, a return of roughly $1000 for every dollar spent lobbying Congress.
Increasingly, foreign corporations are spending big bucks to push their interests in Washington, D.C., many with the intent of weakening environmental protections -- from changing rules on the disposal of hazardous waste to opening more lands to mining and drilling to clearing the path for more nuclear-power development.
"Basically, what this means from an environmental standpoint is that you have foreign companies helping to determine how we regulate pollution that affects American backyards, but has no direct impact on the home countries of these corporate interests," said Alex Knott, LobbyWatch project manager.
Foreign Minister Cyril Svoboda and the new U.S. ambassador to Prague William Cabaniss visited the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Thursday to help Czech firms bid for post-war reconstruction contracts. The visit followed this week's announcement by Washington that at least three unnamed countries would be allowed to bid on the next round of projects.
Foreign Minister Cyril Svoboda and the newly-appointed ambassador William Cabaniss spent much of Thursday in talks with members of the Coalition Provisional Authority and Iraq's oil, water and energy ministers. Also with them were representatives of twelve Czech companies hoping to win lucrative bids to rebuild the country. Ambassador Cabaniss was upbeat after the day's talks in Baghdad:
For President Megawati, it was an opportunity to advance a public relations campaign so relentless that private sources politically connected to the Indonesian government spent more than $1 million to hire a team of Washington lobbyists led by Bob Dole, the former Senate Republican leader and 1996 presidential nominee. Indonesia's lobbying goals included the resumption of controversial military aid that had been cut off after its troops massacred more than 100 demonstrators in East Timor in 1991.
Originally posted by poet1b
reply to post by evanmontegarde
I'd call Obama and Biden liberal elitists, who are just as bad as the neocons. Liberal elitists have no respect for the U.S. working class, and if anything look down upon the working class, especially the white male working class as bible thumping, gun toting, bigots.
The Liberal elitist want to take our taxes and pay for world wide charity programs and reparations for crimes that we did not commit, in a naive view of the world.
For a long time it has been quite evident that these world wide charity programs are no more effective than military activities in third world nations, in fact, probably worse, because the charity money just winds up in the hands of the cherry picked representatives of IC's. This leads to more wars, and more oppresion in third world nations.
Sadly, neither Obama nor McCain offer any new direction on U.S. foriegn, or domestic policy. Bill Clinton did, and Hillary probaby would have, and Obama has no respect for Bill, when he should be treating Bill like the mentor that he desperately needs.
Obama's choice of Biden cements his liberal elitist roots.
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